The former chief of staff for Georgia Governor Brian Kemp was one of eight registered lobbyists for Dominion Voting Systems.
Insiders say it was a “sure thing Dominion was in when we learned Thomas was involved.”
The lobbyist that legislative staff members were referring to was Jared Thomas, a former chief of staff and press secretary for Governor Kemp.
Another lobbyist for the controversial company was former Georgia Secretary of State Lewis Abit Massey.
Where’s the Media?
An important question mainstream media has failed to ask or seek answers for is:
Why is Dominion, an election company, doing donating to ANY political side of an election when they are contracted to run elections?
Records reveal Dominion donated large sums (at least $50,000) of money to the Clinton Foundation and were in cahoots with The DELIAN Project, a transnational voting technology initiative valued at over $2 million with the Clintons.
Dominion’s status as a privately-held company with foreign offices and nontransparent ownership by a Manhattan-based Private-equity fund drew intense scrutiny from Democratic lawmakers less than a year ago.
A forceful letter in December 2019 from Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Amy Klabacher (D-MN), requested details on Dominion’s e-voting technology, tabulating and counting algorithms, as well as any ownership ties or correlated business transactions.
Even the liberal New York Times can’t take back their June 11, 2020 article about how Georgia political leaders spent over $100 million in taxpayers’ money to use Dominion Voting Systems in 2019.
The office of Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, was in charge of the procurement of these devices.
Records and evidence are indicating Raffensperger, Governor Brian Kemp, and legislative members were heavily lobbied. Some intelligence gathering show “family members of certain high profile politicians were paid Hunter Biden style” by Dominion “both directly and indirectly.”
Texas Rejected Dominion Three Times
Georgia used Dominion’s Democracy 5.5 system, the one that failed certification in Texas three times.
A letter from Texas Deputy Secretary of State, Jose A. Esparza indicated system examiners found Dominion’s “Democracy Suite 5.5-A” to be not “suitable for its intended purpose.”
“Specifically, the examiner reports raise concerns about whether the Democracy Suite 5.5-A system is suitable for its intended purpose; operates efficiently and accurately; and is safe from fraudulent or unauthorized manipulation. Therefore, the Democracy Suite 5.5-A system and corresponding hardware devices do not meet the standards for certification prescribed by Section 122.001 of the Texas Election Code.
About 30,000 Dominion machines were rolled out to 159 counties statewide during this summer’s primary elections. By most accounts, that election was a fiasco.
The Times reported the software “caused block-long lines across Georgia, as primary voters stood for hours while poll workers waited for equipment to be delivered or struggled to activate the system’s components. Locations ran out of provisional ballots. Many people, seeing no possible option to exercise their right to vote, simply left the lines.”
Warned of Severe Problems Ahead
After a six county test in 2019, Marilyn Marks, the executive director of the Coalition for Good Governance, described to the State Legislature that the Dominion technology was “too complex,” leaving election integrity at risk and likened it to a “Rube Goldberg contraption with way more components than are needed.”
In a joint formal letter to the Georgia Legislature in December 2018, FreedomWorks and the bipartisan National Election Defense Coalition
warned of severe problems ahead.
The letter indicated both groups “are gravely concerned that vendors are promoting unnecessarily costly and less efficient electronic Ballot Marking Devices for all voters.”
$100 Million vs. $35 Million?
“These devices will cost Georgia taxpayer three times more than the most common and efficient paper ballot voting method, hand-marked paper ballots.”
The two advisory groups continued indicating the devices that these “vendors have been aggressively promoting to provide a paper ballot are completely unnecessary and amount to nothing more than a boondoggle for the vendors and an enormous waste of taxpayer dollars.”
“Over 70% of the nation votes on paper ballots that are marked by the voter with a pen and counted by an electronic scanner.”
(In these jurisdictions polling locations also offer at minimum, one electronic BMD for voters that may have difficulty marking a paper ballot by hand, allowing them to mark the ballot privately and independently.)
$3500 Machine vs. $1 Pen?
“If Georgia is to purchase” the Dominion devices, they warned, “for all voters this would mean that most voters would be using an expensive electronic device that costs several thousand dollars to perform the same task as a pen.”
If the state legislature would not have approved the $100 million expenditure, the comparative estimate of providing optical scanners to count ballots marked by pen (and providing at least one Dominion machine to offer accessible technology for voters that may need assistance) would cost about $35 million.
Prior to the Georgia legislature signing off on the $100 million purchases, they were also cautioned by the two groups that the excessive cost for the Dominion systems was “not limited to the initial outlay to purchase the technology.”
The state’s leaders were warned there would be ongoing costs for the life of the equipment and services, including expensive:
-Technical maintenance contracts.
-Programming of election contest files before each election.
-Additional storage costs.
-Higher trucking costs and delivery costs.
–More costs, time and effort required for election workers to setup and take down.
-Considerably more space is required at polling locations.
-Considerably more power outlets would be needed for 30,000 units at statewide locations.
“Furthermore, contrary to assertions by voting system vendors, using BMDs will not save counties the cost of layout and printing of paper ballots,” the letter stated. “Each county will still need to print absentee/emergency/provisional/challenge ballots even if they use BMDs.”
“Moreover, BMD are NOT more efficient for the marking of paper ballots. It typically takes considerably longer for a voter to scroll through a ballot, page by page, to make selections on a BMD than to mark a paper ballot.”
“Additionally, the number of voters that can vote at one time is constrained by the number of BMDs at a polling location, which will increase wait times and lines at polling locations.”
“This serious deficiency of BMDs was demonstrated in Johnson County, Kansas which experienced devastatingly long lines in its 2018 primary after implementing BMDs.”
“Furthermore, if BMDs fail on Election Day this will exacerbate wait times and could prevent voters from voting.”
“Conversely, with hand-marked paper ballots voters need only a pen and a place to mark their ballot, making it easy to scale-up during busy voting periods, decreasing lines and wait times and they cannot fail on Election Day.”
“Opponents of hand-marked paper ballots may claim that the voters’ marks vary introducing inconsistencies in vote counting by the scanners. While this may have been a problem fifteen years ago, today’s sophisticated scanners are able to discern voter marks carefully and efficiently flag questionable ballots for adjudication.”
“Purchasing and requiring all voters to use electronic BMDs will be a needless waste of taxpayer dollars and will provide an inferior voting experience for Georgia citizens.”
“A Lot of People Saw This Coming”
Georgia leaders went forward with the $100 million-plus Dominion system, even after Georgia’s six county test failed.
Andrew Appel, a computer scientist at Princeton who studies voting machines indicated then that “a lot of people saw this coming, this meltdown, months in advance.”
“The companies are pushing these because they make more money on them,” Dr. Appel said.
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